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An Act to Provide for the Establishment of Three New School Districts in Fairfield County, and to Authorize the Levy and Collection of a Local Tax in Each of the Said School Districts.

December 24, 1887

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1887, Pages 1020-1022.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That the County Board of Examiners of Fairfield County be, and the same are hereby, authorized and required to lay off three new School Districts in the said County, to be known respectively as School Districts No 19, No. 20 and No. 21, the limits and boundaries whereof shall be as follows, to wit: School District No. 19, to be cut off from School Districts Nos. 13 and 15, to commence at the mouth of Terrible Creek where it empties into Broad River, proceed in a Northerly direction to H. H. Yongues, thence in a Southeasterly direction to the road leading to Hughey's Ferry, across the said road to Free's Creek, to plantation owned by Betsey Aiken, including said plantation, thence down Free's Creek to Mrs. Robertson or Neal, thence in a Westerly course, passing by residence of Joseph Free, on Alston plantation, to a point two miles below Dawkins, on Broad River, the Western boundary being Broad River. The boundary of School District No. 20, to be cut off from School District No. 3, shall be as follows: From the forks of the road leading from Winnsboro to Peay's Ferry, at Gaydens, up the road to Chester line, thence down said line to Wateree River, having said river for the Eastern boundary, down the said river to the mouth of Wateree Creek, thence in a Westerly direction following the line which separates School District 3 from School Districts 4 and 5 to the starting point at Gaydens. The boundary of School District No. 21, to be cut off from School Districts Nos. 1 and 13, shall be as follows: From a point opposite Henderson Island, on Broad River, running in a Northeasterly direction as far as W. B. Estes, including lands owned by W. B. Estes, thence Easterly direction to Little River, down said river to Lauderdale plantation, thence in a Westerly direction to Rock Creek, following said creek to Broad River, up Broad River to place of starting, viz., opposite Henderson Island, Eastern boundary Little River, Western boundary Broad River.

Section 2. That the inhabitants of said School Districts shall be, and are hereby, created a body politic and corporate, with such government, rights, privileges and liabilities as other School Districts, under the Act approved the 22d of March 1878.

Section 3. The said School Districts are also hereby authorized and empowered to levy on all real and personal property returned in said Districts a local tax not exceeding two mills on the dollar, to supplement the Constitutional tax for support of said schools, by the persons and in the mode following, to wit: The School Trustees of said Districts shall, on or before the 15th day of March next, and again on or before the 1st of November, A. D. 1888, and on or before the last named day in each succeeding year, call a meeting of all legal voters living in said Districts, and returning real property therein ; that a notice of said meeting, specifying the time, place and object thereof, shall be published in a newspaper in the County of Fairfield, and posted in three conspicuous places in said Districts at least twenty days before the said meeting. The persons answering the above designation shall appoint a Chairman and Secretary, adjourn from time to time, decide what additional tax, if any, shall be levied and appropriate the same in such manner as they may think best for maintaining snch schools. No tax thus levied shall be repealed at a subsequent meeting held within the same fiscal year. The Chairman of the said meeting shall, in one week thereafter, notify the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the County Auditor of the amount of the tax thus levied, and how it has been appropriated, and the County Auditor shall at once assess such tax on all real and personal property returned in said Districts, and the County Treasurer shall collect the same with the State and County tax, and if unpaid it shall be a lien on all property for two years, and defaulting taxpayers shall be liable to like process and penalties as defaulters for State and County taxes. The money collected from said tax levy shall be paid out by the County Treasurer for purposes to which it has been appropriated, on warrants drawn by the Trustees of said Districts, countersigned by the County School Commissioner; and said Treasurer shall be liable to said School Districts for non-performance of his duty in respect to said moneys in same manner and like penalties as for non-performance of his duty in reference to State and County taxes. The first assessment under this Act shall be for the scholastic year beginning on 1st November, 1887.

In the Senate House, the ________ day of ___________, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven.

William L. Mauldin, President of the Senate.
James Simons, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Approved: December 24th, A.D. 1887.
John P. Richardson, Governor.

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